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It is really common for students living away from home to feel homesick when they first arrive at university.

If you are feeling homesick and missing home you are not alone, many other students will be feeling exactly the same as you. To feel homesick when you are new to university is completely natural. Quite often these feelings fade as students settle into university life.

Advice tips to handle feeling homesick:

  • Join a sports club or a society through Aston Students' Union. This is a fantastic way to make new friends and to develop a social network and routine.
  • Stay in touch with family and friends from home by phone and live online chats.
  • Be realistic and don't expect too much from university life straight away. It can take time to settle in and make friends. Don't put pressure on yourself, take your time and settle into university life.
  • Don't spend too much time on social media and following friends and family from home. This can make you feel more homesick.
  • Sleep and eat and stay hydrated. This can be really important to maintain a balanced mood.
  • Talk to others about how you are feeling. If there is nobody around you feel you want to talk to you can always come into the Advice and Representation Centre and talk to our advisers. You can also talk to our Vice President (Welfare and Communications). It is our job to look after your welfare.

The Aston University Counselling Service has professional counsellors who can help. See here for details: